Generally uncommon watches cross your path, unique restricted editions made for a particular market you’ve got by no means heard of and for which not even a press launch exists. Such a watch is the De Bethune UAE Hawk, a seven-piece restricted version made in collaboration with world-renowned watch specialist and Dubai Watch Week organizer, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Arab Emirates.
Forming a nation
The historical past of the United Arab Emirates is an attention-grabbing one as ranging from antiquity, superior civilizations have populated the area. It wasn’t straightforward to outlive within the harsh setting, not to mention thrive, however the (then) nomadic tribes succeeded in each.
The area has been dominated by European powers over the previous few centuries, primarily the Portuguese and later the British. In December of 1971, it gained its independence from the UK to type the United Arab Emirates. Because the identify already signifies, the UAE is a federation of the seven emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, and Sharjah, every ruled by a sheikh. Collectively additionally they type the Federal Supreme Council, with one of many sheikhs serving as president.
On this planet of watches, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is a world energy. Not solely is Seddiqi the premier watch vendor within the Center East for most of the most unique manufacturers, the family-run firm’s ardour for watches goes far past simply promoting them. Seddiqi is the driving pressure behind the extremely profitable Dubai Watch Week and continuously works with manufacturers to create distinctive restricted editions. The De Bethune UAE Hawk particular version is such a watch – with every of the seven items representing an emirate within the federation.
De Bethune UAE Hawk: a surprising show of inexperienced
As is likely to be anticipated from a collaboration between two watch trade titans, this timepiece is totally gorgeous. In essence, it’s a DB27 Titan Hawk with a singular dial. It’s a contact extra classical than the usual Titan Hawk with a large chapter ring marking seconds and minutes and daring pad printed Arabic numerals round a guilloche heart in silver – apart from the “10,” which has been changed with a “50” in gold to mark the nation’s anniversary in a regal method.
Even with its canvas strap, the watch nonetheless possesses a traditional look as its dial coloration is just like the inexperienced used within the Titan Hawk. Because of the dial’s multi-level complexity, there’s a continuing play of sunshine shimmering with completely different verdant hues.
De Bethune’s automated manufacture Caliber AUTOV2 powers the De Bethune UAE Hawk. Comprising 217 elements, 29 of that are jewels, the motion is fitted with a surprising winding rotor made from titanium and tungsten. The steadiness wheel can be made from titanium with gold inserts and supported by a full bridge for elevated shock resistance.
The again of the UAE Hawk is each bit as charismatic because the entrance, however maybe much more important is its unimaginable carrying consolation. At 43 mm in diameter the UAE Hawk is substantial, however the intelligent case building and excellent proprietary floating lugs have it hugging the wrist intently.
With a peak of simply 9 mm, the UAE Hawk is pleasantly slender and its polished grade 5 titanium case retains the load down considerably.
With a limitation of simply seven items, the probabilities of ever seeing a De Bethune UAE Hawk particular version could be very distant. However subsequent time you go to the United Arab Emirates preserve your eyes open, you would possibly simply get fortunate.
For extra data, please go to www.seddiqi.com/curators-journal/50-years-crafting-future-uae.
Fast Information De Bethune UAE Hawk particular version
Case: 43 x 9 mm, polished grade 5 titanium
Motion: automated Caliber Auto V2, titanium steadiness wheel with gold inserts, metal escape wheel, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, 60-hour energy reserve (one spring barrel)
Features: hours, minutes, seconds
Limitation: 7 items